Hard-line Cuban exiles in the U.S. House of Representatives have inserted language into a major transportation spending bill that would attempt to undo some of Obamas’ recent overtures to Cuba by further restricting the right of Americans to travel to the island.
According to the AP, the provision — inserted into a must-pass transportation bill the House will consider next month — by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida would block new flights and cruise ship travel to Cuba by barring the use of federal funds to facilitate new scheduled air or sea transportation originating from the United States if any vessels involved land on or pass through any property confiscated by the Cuban government.
As others have noted, even if the measure makes it out of the House, it won’t get very far in the Senate. The chairwoman of the Senate’s Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee is Senator Susan Collins of Maine, a co-sponsor of Senator Jeff Flake’s Freedom to Travel bill.
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